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Best of the Rhine Basel To Amsterdam aboard MS Carmen

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Look forward to sailing along the magical Rhine through Continental Europe

Sail from the edge of Switzerland to Holland, calling at many fascinating cities en route. Compare the pretty canals of the French town of Strasbourg to historic Cologne with its mighty Gothic cathedral and cosmopolitan Amsterdam.


20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners


  • Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg
  • Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit

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Day 1 UK to Basel


Fly to Basel or Zurich and transfer to your ship, MS Carmen, moored in Basel. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Strasbourg.

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Day 2 Strasbourg


Arrive in Strasbourg late morning. You'll have a full afternoon to explore this delightful French city – the capital of the Alsace region which was restored to France in 1919, after centuries of tug-of-war with Germany. Alternatively this afternoon you could join an optional excursion to Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest.

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Day 3 Strasbourg


This morning discover Strasbourg’s cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral on an included tour and cruise on the canals. This afternoon you might like to join an optional excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, to stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies. Your ship departs for Mannheim during dinner.

Rhine Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 4 Mannheim to Mainz to Rüdesheim


Pause awhile in Mannheim to join an included visit to the old university city of Heidelberg this morning. Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. Its rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses! Rejoin the ship in Mainz where you spend the afternoon. Perhaps explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night. This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a flagon of ale or perhaps join an optional excursion to a wine tasting session, or to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

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Day 5 Rüdesheim to Koblenz


Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz. The city sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is an important centre for the wine industry. Stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress. Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.

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Day 6 Cologne


A morning in Cologne provides the opportunity to visit one of Germany's most popular attractions, the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. Around lunchtime you'll leave for Amsterdam.

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Day 7 Amsterdam


Arrive in the Dutch capital, rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars, this morning. Perhaps take an optional excursion to gain a comprehensive overview of the city on a combined coach tour and canal cruise. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Dutch and Belgian Waterways Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

Amsterdam flower market

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Dutch and Belgian Waterways Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe
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